Eugene “Gene” Meentemeyer, 94 of Kingwood, TX, passed away at 3:53 P.M. on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Kingwood Medical Center. He was born on October 2, 1924 in New Minden, the son of William H. and Alina Hoffman Meentemeyer. He married Helen Hoelscher on September 11, 1948 in Nashville. Besides his wife of 70 years, he is survived by his daughter; Linda Spindler and husband Paul of Katy, TX and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and 5 brothers; Homer (Loretta), Oliver (Eva), Norman (Edna), Roscoe (Donetta) and William (Maggie) Meentemeyer.
Gene attended Nashville High School and Brown Business College in St. Louis. During WWII, he served at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA and at the 12th Naval District Headquarters in San Francisco. Following his Navy service, he attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with a degree in Business Administration in January of 1950. In 1976, he was awarded the professional designation, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting (CPCU). He worked for Fireman’s Fund, an American Express Company, for more than 30 years in various administrative and executive positions. He retired as vice president in March of 1985.
Prior to moving to Texas in 1995, the family lived in San Rafael, CA for 32 years and in New Jersey for 7 years. While in San Rafael, he was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and was President of the congregation for 8 years. Gene served for 16 years on the Board of Trustees of the Good Shepherd Fund, a California foundation for the mentally handicapped. After moving to Texas, Gene served as a volunteer for 22 years at Kingwood Medical Center. He was currently a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kingwood.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Minden with Rev. Timothy Mueller officiating. Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and again from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Styninger Funeral Home in Nashville and from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m. at the church. Burial with military rites will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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